The Core i5-3550 3.30 GHz Processor from Intel is equipped with 4 cores and 4 threads and can be installed in the LGA1155 socket. It delivers an improved automatic performance, thanks to its Intel Turbo Boot 2.0 Technology. This gives system builders the freedom to set their computers the way they want by overclocking the processor's original speed of 3.30 GHz to up to 3.70 GHz. The Intel Core i5-3550 Processor has Intel HD Graphics 2500 Technology integrated into it. It also comes with Intel Clear Video HD Technology to handle high definition playback with ease.
Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel Quick Sync Video delivers fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing, and video editing and authoring.
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology provides stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray playback in full 1080p resolution over HDMI 1.4 and premium audio.
Intel Insider delivers premium HD content to an Ultrabook or PC.
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Wireless Display Technology enables wireless streaming of movies, photos, websites and more from an Ultrabook or PC to an HDTV.
Intel Flexible Display Interface (Intel FDI)
The Intel Flexible Display Interface is an innovative path for two independently controlled channels of integrated graphics to be displayed.
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology delivers HD quality playback so that you can experience movies and games like never before.
Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology dynamically increases the processor's frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom. This allows the processor to run faster and makes it more energy efficient.
Intel vPro Technology
Intel vPro Technology is a set of security and manageability capabilities built into the processor aimed at addressing four critical areas of IT security:
1) Threat management, including protection from rootkits, viruses and malware
2) Identity and website access point protection
3) Confidential personal and business data protection
4) Remote and local monitoring, remediation and repair of PCs and workstations.
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Intel Virtualization Technology allows one hardware platform to function as multiple virtual platforms. It offers improved manageability by limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium processor (VT-i) virtualization adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help you improve security and reliability of the systems and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environments.
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology for safer computing is a versatile set of hardware extensions to Intel processors and chipsets that enhance the digital office platform with security capabilities such as measured launch and protected execution. It enables an environment where applications can run within their own space, protected from all other software on the system.
AES New Instructions (AES-NI)
Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions is a set of instructions that enables fast and secure data encryption and decryption. AES-NI is valuable for a wide range of cryptographic applications, such as applications that perform bulk encryption/decryption, authentication, random number generation and authenticated encryption.
Intel 64 architecture delivers 64-bit computing on server, workstation, desktop and mobile platforms when combined with supporting software. Intel 64 architecture improves performance by allowing systems to address more than 4 GB of both virtual and physical memory.
Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Intel AT)
Intel Anti-Theft Technology keeps your laptop safe and secure if it's lost or stolen. Intel AT requires a service subscription from an Intel AT-enabled service provider.
Idle States (C-states) are used to save power when the processor is idle. C0 the operational state, means that the CPU is doing useful work. C1 is the first idle state, C2 the second and so on, where more power saving actions are taken for numerically higher C-states.
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology is an advanced means of enabling high performance while meeting the power-conservation needs of mobile systems. Conventional Intel SpeedStep Technology switches both voltage and frequency in tandem between high and low levels in response to processor load. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology builds upon that architecture using design strategies such as separation between voltage and frequency changes and clock partitioning and recovery.
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Thermal Monitoring Technologies protect the processor package and the system from thermal failure through several thermal management features. An on-die Digital Thermal Sensor (DTS) detects the core's temperature. Additionally, the thermal management features reduce package power consumption and thereby temperature, when required, in order to remain within normal operating limits.
Execute Disable Bit
Execute Disable Bit is a hardware-based security feature that can reduce exposure to viruses and malicious code attacks. It also prevents harmful software from executing and propagating on the server or the network.
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables, also known as Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), provides acceleration for memory intensive virtualized applications. Extended Page Tables in Intel Virtualization Technology platforms reduces the memory and power overhead costs and increases the battery life through hardware optimization of page table management.